Weekend Trampoline House

ABOUT

In the Weekend Trampoline House, asylum seekers, rejected asylum seekers, and refugees with a residence permit can get counseling, develop capacities, find community, and bear testimony to the shadow sides of Danish refugee policy.

The house is a gathering place for displaced people as well as Danish citizens and international residents, who think that the Danish asylum and refugee policy has become too tight, and who work for a more humane and inclusive refugee policy in Denmark together.

Background:

In December 2020, the self-organized refugee justice community center, Trampoline House, had to close after 10 years of operation due to the corona crisis and lack of funding. The closure of the house left a big void with the many hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers, who visited the house weekly to get legal counseling, attend Danish classes, do internships and job training programs, meet new friends, and form networks. In the house, children and adults who have fled war, poverty, or human rights abuses found a unique democratic community where they felt welcome and equal. A community in stark contrast to the insecurity and marginalization that many displaced people experience in the Danish asylum and integration system.

To fill the void, a group of former users, volunteers and staff set out in the spring of 2021 to establish a new house on a more sustainable scale. The result is the Weekend Trampoline House, which in collaboration with the Apostle Church in Vesterbro in Copenhagen opened its doors to the public on January 28, 2022.

Organization:

Weekend Trampoline House is a voluntarily-run non-profit project, which is coordinated by a staff of four part-time employees and a volunteer, who reports to the Association Trampolinhuset 2021's board.

Weekend Trampolinhuset rents the Apostle Church's parish house for its activities. So far, the project is running a 12-month trial period until December 2022.

VOLUNTEERING

Become a volunteer in Weekend Trampoline House and become part of a unique community, where they work together to improve the legal situation, equality, and participation of refugees and asylum seekers in Danish society.

People typically volunteer 1–2 times a week for minimum six months. Unfortunately, they cannot help with your visa application process – you should already have a visa or residence permit when applying. Everyone is welcome to apply regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, or religion.

TASKS AS A VOLUNTEER:

  • Assessor team (Danish language skills are a requirement)

  • Cafe

  • Chess club

  • Children’s Club

  • Cooking

  • CV & Homework Help (Danish language skills are a requirement)

  • Danish language teacher (Danish language skills are a requirement)

  • Dishwashing

  • Documentation (photo & video)

  • English language teacher

  • Event coordination

  • Legal counseling assistant

  • Social coordination

  • Translation (Arabic to English/Danish)

  • Translation (Farsi/Dari to English/Danish)

  • Translation (Kurdish to English/Danish)

  • Women's Club

CONTACT INFORMATION AND BECOMING A VOLUNTEER:

How to apply:

  1. Attend their info meeting for prospective volunteers. The meeting takes place every three months. Click here to see when the next info meeting is taking place.

  2. Or send an email with a short application and your CV to Program and communication coordinator Tone Olaf Nielsen at tone@trampolinhuset.dk, specifying which volunteer position from the list above you are interested in.

They read and assess applications continuously. If you have questions, please email tone@trampolinhuset.dk.